Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said several of his Manchester City teammates were curious about Chelsea signing Timo Werner.
Werner signed a five-year contract at Chelsea in June after an impressive season at RB Leipzig where he managed 34 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
Those numbers put him among the most wanted strikers in Europe and Chelsea won the race, although the financial situations of their competitors amid the global pandemic certainly helped their case.
If the 24-year-old could replicate his form in the Premier League next season, he could be a problem for those Chelsea’s potential rivals for the Premier League title, including Manchester City.
Man City star Gundogan admitted that he has been questioned about his compatriot by his City teammates.
He told SportBild (via Goal): “Believe me, everyone at [Manchester] City knows about Timo Werner.
“Many of my teammates asked what kind of guy he is. He deserves respect.”
Werner could certainly pose some problems for Man City’s defence when they face Chelsea next season.
Werner’s pace, in particular, could present a similar threat to what Christian Pulisic did to City’s defence in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in June.
“The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here,” Werner told Chelsea’s official website in his first interview for the club.
Werner’s claim is not just talks, as data suggest.
The Germany international has the joint-most goals from counter-attack situations (five – Whoscored) in Europe’s top five leagues (level with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.)